Cronenberg, Desplechin, Gray and the Dardennes will compete in Cannes

David CronenbergArnaud DesplechinJames Gray and the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will compete at the 75th Cannes Film Festivalwhich will be held from May 17 to 28, thus returning to its usual dates after two years of the pandemic.

Cronenberg will aspire to the Palme d’Or with ‘Crimes of the Future’, Desplechin with ‘Frère et soeur’, the Dardennes with ‘Tori et Lokita’ and Gray with ‘Armageddon Time’, announced this Thursday the general delegate of the contest, Thierry Frémaux, at the presentation of the official selection.

Also included in competition were Hirokazu Kore-Eda with ‘Broker’, Claire Denis with ‘Stars at noon’, shot in Central America, and, among others, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi with ‘Les amandiers’, who passed the filter among the most of 2,000 films received by the organizers.

Cannes will complete the list in the next few days, but it advanced since in its special sessions, Out of competition, the Ukrainian Sergei Loznitsa returns to the Croisette with ‘The natural history of destruction’, again focused on his country, and Ethan Cohen signs solo ‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’, about the American musician.

In the midnight sessions ‘Brett Morgen’ will pay tribute to David Bowie in ‘Moonage Daydream’, where he talks about the extent to which the artist was interested in cinema and was a pioneer in his video clips, while out of competition Cédric Jiménez will narrate in ‘Novembre ‘ the investigation of the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris.

George Miller will premiere ‘Three thousand years of longing’ and at Cannes Première, a section dedicated to Cannes regulars to give rise to projects that have no place in competition, the Italian Marco Bellocchio highlighted with ‘Esterno Notte’, about the kidnapping and murder in 1978 of the then leader of the Christian Democracy, Aldo Moro, by the Red Brigades (BR).

Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius will open the contest with ‘Z (comme Z)’, a zombie comedy that will be presented out of competition.

Works signed by women

In the Un Certain Regard section, the second most important of the Festival, seven debut films were included, and of the 15 films announced eight are signed by women, as detailed by Frémaux.

‘Sunday and the fog’ competes in that section, the second film by Costa Rican Ariel Escalante, after ‘The sound of things’ (2016), which tells the story of a country man regularly visited by the ghost of his wife. It is, for the moment, the only Hispanic presence at the festival.

And also ‘Beast’, provisional title of the first film by Gina Gammell and Riley Keough -Elvis Presley’s granddaughter-, shot on an Indian reservation.

This 75th anniversary of the event, seen as a celebration of its present and future, will also serve to ask about the future of cinematography and the role of festivals, in a colloquium in which prominent filmmakers will participate. And Tom Cruise, as had already been announced, will receive a tribute for “the quality of his commitment to cinema”, Frémaux highlighted.

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